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Topps Back on Topp(s)!
Well, ain’t this a surprise! This shouldn’t be, after all I am an “Upper Deck” guy as the rumor goes but today, a relatively low-end brand did something that’s only happened one other time in over 30 product reviews at Wax Heaven, it’s been perfect.
While the base Topps set did absolutely nothing for me when it came out, adding the “chrome” finish gives it a whole new appeal. While one card design alone doesn’t hit a home run, when you add the ridiculous amounts of different inserts from past Topps releases like 1992 Bowman and 1991 Stadium Club, it is then when it goes above and beyond.
You can find hobby boxes of Chrome for as low as $53 per box on the Internet and around $70-$80 per box in Florida card shops. After going through a list of autographs available in the set, I made the decision that I was not going to buy hobby for the two guaranteed autographs. Instead, I bought 4 retail blasters from Target for $19.99 a piece and couldn’t be more satisfied. The only reason I didn’t give it an A+ was because of the 4 cards per box in the blaster. An extra card or even two would have been excellent!
Okay, as many of you know my absolute favorite gimmick in baseball cards are Refractors. I love everything about them. When else could you trade a rare, low-numbered Refractor of some bum for a star player or game-used relic? These four retail boxes yielded a total of 27 Refractors. I got 8 regular, 3 gold, 5 blue, 2 inserts, and a whopping 9 Xfractors! Along with the Refractors, I pulled a total of 23 inserts (not counting Refractors), and one autograph, which was not a guarantee!
As much as I hate to say it, Topps put together a perfect baseball product for fans and new collectors alike. You get everything you could ever want, including many nostalgic-inducing inserts and quality parallels in almost every pack. This is one of the very few products I would recommend to a non-collector or someone looking to make a return to the hobby.